Meet Our Therapists
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Karen is the owner and director at CSL. She graduated from Ithaca College with a Bachelor's Degree in Speech Pathology and received her Masters Degree from Emerson College in Communication Disorders. Karen has always worked with the pediatric population but also provides services to adults. She worked with multiple handicapped children at the Massachusetts Hospital School in Canton, Mass. for several years. She was then hired by the Brookline Public Schools in Brookline Mass. and worked with elementary aged children with a variety of speech and language disorders.
When she moved to NJ, she continued her work with children in the Summit Public Schools. She has been in private practice for over 16 years focusing on the preschool aged child and early elementary aged children. Karen is a Certified Orofacial Myologist (COM) and Qualified Orofacial Myologist (QOM). She is licensed in the state of New Jersey as a speech language pathologist and certified by the American Speech Hearing and Language Association.
Karen loves the beach, reading, walking her dogs and yoga.
Jodi received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Disorders & Sciences from William Paterson University and a Master of Arts degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Montclair State University. For three years following her graduation, she worked at the Pediatric Rehabilitation Hospital of JFK hospital in Edison. While there, she treated a variety of different diagnoses, such as autism, cleft palate, and apraxia, as well as worked with on a team with occupational therapists, physical therapists, social workers, child psychologists, and pediatric neurologists. Then, Jodi was hired by the Summit Public Schools primarily as a speech language specialist in the Preschool Disabled program and as a member of the Child Study Team, as well as to provide therapy to elementary students. It is here that she also worked with Karen Masters.
After leaving the public school setting, she joined Chatham Speech and language Associates. She currently provides therapy to children mainly 2 through school age, who present with articulation disorders, orofacial myofunctional disorders, apraxia, auditory processing difficulties, receptive and expressive language problems, fluency issues, hearing impairment, memory difficulties, autistic spectrum disorder, and ADD/ADHD. She thoroughly enjoys working here and getting the opportunity to work directly with families in the community. This facility allows her the opportunity to not only evaluate and treat children, but to go out and provide inservices to the local preschools and daycare facilities for parents, teachers, and staff.
Jodi is a certified member of the American Speech Hearing and Language Association (ASHA), a licensed practitioner in New Jersey, and a certification track candidate in orofacial myofunctional therapy. She enjoys attending workshops and continuing education programs to further her knowledge base and interactions with fellow therapists.
Jodi lives with her husband and two sons. She is involved in her community and with her children’s education. Jodi enjoys spending time with family and friends. In her spare time, she also likes to garden, read, and travel.
Heather received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from Montclair State University in 2004. In 2006 she completed her Masters Degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders at Emerson College in Boston, Massachusetts. She has always enjoyed the pediatric population and has spent much of her time working with children diagnosed within the Autism Spectrum. While attending Montclair State she interned at the Demonstration Program on campus and then transitioned to the Jeffery Dworkin Early Intervention Program. While in Massachusetts, Heather worked at Wayside Beaverbrook Early Intervention and Franciscan Hospital for Children.
Heather continues to work with the Jeffrey Dworkin Early Intervention Program and the Paterson Public Schools Autism program. In the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, she is a licensed speech language pathologist and holds a certificate as a certified early intervention specialist. She is licensed in the state of New Jersey as a speech language pathologist and is certified by the American Speech Hearing and Language Association. As a lifelong learner, Heather received an Award for Continuing Education and completed Fairligh Dickinson University's Orton Gillingham Teacher Certification program in 2016
Heather lives in Parsippany. She loves traveling, spending time with her family and friends, trying new things, reading and living life to the fullest.
Brittney studied communication sciences and disorders at Marywood University in Scranton, PA where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in 2017 and a Master of Science in Speech Language Pathology in 2019. She began her career working with the geriatric population and soon after, expanded her scope of practice to pediatrics.
She grew up in Cranford, NJ with her younger sister. She enjoys the beach and going to sporting events! Recently, she welcomed a new member to the family named Noah, a 4 year old yorkie-terrier.
Carmen graduated from Montclair State University in 1997 with a Masters Degree in Speech Science. She provided therapy to children and adults at Morristown Memorial Hospital in both the acute care and rehabilitative settings. She developed an interest in working with children exclusively and has provided therapy to the preschool and school aged population in the public schools and private practices.
Carmen continues to nurture her passion in children and language based problems and completed her certification in the Orton Gillingham method of reading instruction at Farleigh Dickinson University. She is state licensed and ASHA certified.
Carmen lives in New York City with her husband. She enjoys yoga, reading and the arts.
Sandy Izsa, MS, CCC-SLP
Sandy received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Disorders and a Master of Science degree in Speech and Language Pathology from William Paterson University. She began her career in Speech Pathology in the Clifton Public School system working with both typically developing children and children with special needs. After three years in Clifton, Sandy began to specialize in working with children on the autism spectrum and was hired by the Morris Union Jointure Commission.
In 2005, Sandy opened a private practice where she assembled a team of specialists that worked with individuals on the autism spectrum ages 3 to 21. Throughout her 10 years in private practice, Sandy treated each family as a unique unit and served these families in many capacities. While her specialties included improving individual’s social skills and expanding food repertoire, she considers building a community of support for her families and long lasting friendships amongst her clients to be her most important contributions.
Sandy met Karen Masters in 2008 while promoting her book, Tools for Achieving Social Confidence, at the New Jersey Speech and Hearing Convention. She began her professional relationship with Karen while implementing her social skills programs within Karen’s speech and language practice. Over the years, Karen has become both a professional mentor and friend.
It is Sandy’s passion to provide custom programs to individuals that have limited diets. It brings her great pleasure to help those she works with expand their food preferences creating balanced diets and diets that allow families the opportunity to dine out and attend social gatherings with ease. As Sandy’s public school career comes to a close, she is both delighted and honored to officially return as part of the team at Chatham Speech and Language Associates.
Shelby ford, MS, CCC-SLP
Shelby graduated from James Madison University in 2017 with her Bachelor's Degree in Communication Science and Disorders and a minor in Exceptional Education. She received her Masters Degree in Speech Language Pathology from Loyola University of Maryland in 2019. Shelby grew up in Maryland with her parents and 2 older sisters. Upon graduation, she made the move to New Jersey and worked in a charter school with grades K-10 as well as a multidisciplinary clinic with children ages 1-6 where she has enjoyed treating a variety of speech and language needs. She is certified in the Hanen More Than Words program, which allows her to offer a clear, evidence-based framework for working specifically with young children with autism or social communication difficulties and their parents.
Shelby joined CSL in 2021 and provides engaging, interactive, and effective speech and language therapy. Shelby is a lifelong learner and is most excited to start her training in orofacial myofunctional therapy. When she is not providing therapy services, Shelby works on her online store where she creates in-person and teletherapy resources for SLPs to use in their own practice and enjoys sharing therapy tips and ideas on her instagram platform for SLPs all over the world!
In her free time, Shelby enjoys staying active, getting creative, and enjoying time with family and friends!